Tasmanian teachers, principals and school psychologists have put a fair and affordable claim to the Premier that fixes problems with the Government’s most recent Tasmanian Teachers Agreement offer.

The new claim seeks to resolve the dispute over teachers’ workload and conditions with a claim that largely reflects the government’s most recent offers.

“We have taken care to ensure that this new claim is affordable while addressing the deficiencies in the Government’s most recent offer,” said AEU President Helen Richardson.

The Australian Education Union says an agreed ‘nation-leading’ reduction in workload for primary teachers in 2020 is being put at risk by delays as the promised recruitment of specialist teachers requires an agreement to be finalised ahead of time.

“The Government and the Australian Education Union agree on the importance of reducing the instructional load of primary teachers to provide for individualised learning and better support for students early in their schooling.”

“The employment of new specialist teachers is required to meet this goal beginning in 2020 and that process must begin in Term 3.”

“We have now requested meetings with the Premier in writing four times in three weeks and not one has been responded to – delaying overdue pay rises and putting desperately needed education improvements at risk.”

The AEU points to statements from the Government that seek a ‘fair, reasonable and affordable offer’ and recognition that ‘delays in reaching an agreement has meant that our hard working State Service employees have not received a salary increase that would otherwise have been paid’.

“The Government needs to walk their talk and get back to the negotiation table to settle an agreement,” said Helen Richardson.

“Our claim delivers fair wage rises to the lowest paid teachers in Australia and much-needed workload fixes that both parties agree will deliver students the quality education they deserve.”

The Australian Education Union have put a detailed claim to the Government that retains existing conditions for relief teachers with savings achieved by referring proposed relief teacher changes to a taskforce and removal of one-off cash payments.

“Throughout Term Two we saw classes being combined, increased pressure on teachers and hours on the phone trying to source relief teachers – the system is in crisis.”

“The crisis in relief teaching is complex and varies across the state – our claim calls for a joint union-government Relief Teaching Review Taskforce to develop evidenced-based solutions in a timely manner.”

“Teachers have shown good faith by withdrawing all industrial action for several weeks – the Government now has an opportunity to secure a fair deal without any disruption to schools in Term Three.”